Nexus Lecture Adam Zagajewski -

9 November 1998
Tilburg University

The Shabby and the Sublime

Photo: Joyce van Belkom

Published in

Journal Nexus
2010 or Earlier

Nexus 22

De rol van cultuur

De rol van cultuur

Dutch publication containing essays about the role of culture in our society.

It seems as if our literature is fading and anemic, and in the opinion of Adam Zagajewski, that is because we have radically amputated the sublime in the course of the twentieth century. The high style has made way for a shallow conversational tone, which leads to a reduction of reality. Zagajewski makes a plea in favour of the high style as a dialogue between the here and now and the ghosts of the past, which can make our own works legendary for generations to come.

Nexus Lecture 1998: The Shabby and the Sublime or Is High Diction Possible in a Low Environment?



Poland, 1945 - 2021

Adam Zagajewski

poet and essayist